Update: Puyallup Suspect Charged, Told Police He Committed 'Father's Worst Sin'

Bail was set at $2 million for Michael P. League, 69, who was charged Monday in the death of his adult daughter and shooting of his adult son.

UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.:

When Michael League called Puyallup Police on Sunday, he told them he had “committed a father’s worst sin” and shot his adult son and daughter in the head.

He knew his son, Dennis, was still alive and he wanted to shoot him again, then planned to shoot himself, according to charging documents released Monday.

League was charged in Pierce County Superior Court with one count of first-degree murder in the death of Danielle Faucett, 43, and one count of attempted first-degree murder, although prosecutors said in the documents they do not expect Dennis to survive and additional charges could be filed. Bail was set at $2 million, and his next court date is set for May 2.

According to the documents, the family had been through ongoing problems involving their son and daughter, who both lived with them, along with Dennis League’s sons, ages 6 and 7.

The victims’ mother, Jo Ann League, told police that “the stress of having Dennis League, who apparently has an alcohol problem, and Faucett, who apparently suffered from schizophrenia, living in the home had been difficult” for the couple, court documents said.

Jo Ann League told detectives that the couple had been gone for a few days and the house was a mess when they returned March 22. They were told that police had been to the house while they were gone because of a domestic dispute between the brother and sister.

Still, she said everything appeared normal when they went to bed March 23.

But at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, March 24, the elder League called police to report what he had done.

When police arrived, they convinced Michael League to come out of the house, and he told them his wife and grandsons were inside, unhurt, and that he had left a gun on the kitchen counter.

Police found a .22-caliber pistol on a pillow on a counter with a hole in it. They found Dennis League on a living room couch with a gunshot wound to the forehead, and they found Faucett in an upstairs bedroom with a gunshot wound to the top of her head. Both were taken to Tacoma General Hospital, where Faucett died.

Michael League told police about a “litany of family issues and determined there was no other way to resolve them,” the court documents said. He said he plotted for about an hour before shooting his children, using a pillow to muffle the sound.

He said he intended to kill himself “but called 911 because he didn't want his wife or grandchildren to find the bodies.”

League’s wife told police that during a prior discussion, her husband “told her he should just ‘shoot 'em, shoot us all.’ She said she did not take this comment seriously.”

UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.:

A 69-year-old Puyallup man was charged Monday in the shooting death of his adult daughter and the shooting of his adult son.

Michael P. League, 69, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Danielle Faucett, and with attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of his son, Dennis League, according to charging documents from the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office.

Patch will update this story with details shortly.


The Puyallup man suspected of fatally shooting his adult daughter and critically injuring his adult son over the weekend is set to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Pierce County Superior Court.

Charges have not yet been filed against the 69-year-old, who was booked into the Pierce County Jail on Sunday morning after calling police to report he had shot his adult children.

The suspect’s son, Dennis League, remained in critical condition Monday morning at Tacoma General Hospital, according to a spokeswoman.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner has not yet released the name of the man’s 43-year-old daughter, who died at Tacoma General on Sunday.

Linda March 26, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Don't know if this is the Mike League I knew from years ago but 'hang in there Michael'. A person can only take so much. There is a breaking point in all of us. If you're 69 it was 'you and your wife's time' - children are to make their own lives......your job was done!
Jay March 30, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Having an alcoholic son who is in his 40's still living at home ans sleeping on the couch is only going to be a burden. I can imagine the pain of having to put up with this stress. Me of us left home and assisted our parent in all their needs, not bringing more problems. It must have been so diffict for him to lead to this.
Kegan Palmer April 08, 2013 at 05:20 AM
Have you noticed that there are far more articles demonizing people who commit violent crimes than articles writing anything redeeming about them? In the past year maybe three or four seriously ill people who fell between the cracks of the mental health system committed atrocities. The media sensationalizes these relatively rare events. There are millions of people with serious mental illnesses in the US who generally live in poverty but are good people struggling with personal demons. Will Jiang, MLS has dedicated the last thirteen years of his life to fighting the stigma attached to mental illnesses, using his writing. He has published eight books that deal with both mental health and language acquisition. They are available on Amazon.com in printed and Kindle formats. His books are regularly in the top 100 books about mental health on Amazon. His latest two books are The Medical Librarian’s Guide to Digital Addiction and a Historical Reader of the New York Times. Will Jiang’s author page on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/author/williamjiang


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